Upper Elementary


Core Academic Subjects

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  • Language Arts

    Our language arts curriculum is literature-based with a focus on developing reading fluency, reading comprehension, and higher order cognition through exposure to a variety of genres.
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  • Math

    The math curriculum focuses on the teaching of concepts, skills, computation, and problem solving strategies through authentic contexts.
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  • Social Studies

    Our social studies curriculum is standards based and traces all aspects of the subject including history, anthropology, geography, government, economics, current affairs and research.
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Upper Elementary Arts

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  • Visual Arts

    The third through sixth grade Visual Arts program is a sequential, progressive experience designed to challenge students and inspire an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft, and design. Activities bring together the art process, artists, history, materials, tools, technology and skills with connections to the world, community, and home. Students are able to showcase their work in small group presentations and in the annual school-wide Emerging Artists' Exhibition in the Kissick Pavilion. The artistic components of grade specific theatrical performances, including set, props, and costume design are created in art class.
  • Music

    Fourth grade students experience a wide variety of music from different cultures and historical periods. Students develop knowledge of the elements of music through listening, movement, singing, and playing a range of instruments. Skill in both reading and writing music is a foundational part of the curriculum. Students are taught to use their voices to perform music from many different traditions and showcase their mastery in two school-wide concerts: the Holiday Concert in December, and the Grandparents' Day/Spring Concert in May. The musical components of grade specific theatrical performances are also taught in music class. Students wishing to excel in the art of vocal performance may audition for, and participate in the Curtis Choir. Similarly, students who wish to pursue an interest in, and excel in instrumental music may participate in the co-curricular orchestra program.
  • Performing Arts

    While all Curtis students participate in school-wide concerts, the fifth and sixth grade take a year-long Performing Arts class to develop the performance skills necessary to communicate story and character to an audience through theatre, music and movement. With these skills, students also gain a greater appreciation of the performing arts forms throughout the world and history. Through memorization and performance of classic scenes and monologues, students will also gain confidence in public speaking.

Additional Curriculum

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  • Upper Elementary Science

    Our science curriculum teaches foundational scientific method, theory, content and concepts and encourages inquisitiveness about the world around us. We foster curiosity through hands-on labs, experiments, and real world fieldtrips. Students engage in thematic discussions and activities that help them to see the connectivity of all scientific knowledge. Sixth grade science students participate in a Science Fair in which they are able to showcase their independent research projects. Health concepts are also incorporated into the science curriculum and aim to encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their own lifelong whole body health.
  • Upper Elementary Library

    The library curriculum for grades three through six is designed by the library media teacher in collaboration with the classroom teachers to ensure that students have the research skills necessary to succeed in school and to become lifelong learners. After a research project is designed, the library provides the resources needed to complete the project successfully. At the same time, the library program encourages students to become lifelong readers as well. Students are encouraged to read challenging literature in a wide array of genres and to react to it in a variety of ways. Lunchtime library games and activities to reward reading are also offered through the library. Interested students in the fifth and sixth grades may choose to participate in Book Club.
  • Upper Elementary Technology

    Upper Elementary students (grades 3-6) learn to work collaboratively and to make their own choices and connections with regard to the technology tools that will best serve their purpose in locating, understanding and presenting information. The focus is on developing computer concepts and skills, based on the ISTE standards, that can be applied regardless of platform or application. This methodology enables students to become lifelong learners. The technology integrator works closely with the classroom teacher to develop lessons and integrate the use of technology in a way that enhances the curriculum. Areas of focus include word processing, graphic design, network awareness, multimedia software usage, internet usage, spreadsheet design & analysis, and an understanding of the social and ethical implications of technology use and misuse.